Pakistan releases 113 Indian fishermen as goodwill

Hundreds of fishermen who were still held in prisons by Pakistan have been released.

Pakistan releases 113 Indian fishermen as goodwill

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Pakistan on Thursday released 113 Indian fishermen who have been languishing in jail for allegedly violating Pakistani waters.

The fishermen will be handed over to Indian authorities at the northeastern Wahga border with India on Friday, a foreign office spokesman said.

The release is being seen as a goodwill gesture following a call made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, and other regional Muslim leaders, to share Ramadan greetings on Tuesday. 

The poorly-marked maritime border between the two countries in the Arabian Sea often results in arrests of fishermen from both sides as most boats lack sophisticated equipment to define their exact location in the sea.

Both countries have also periodically released large numbers of fishermen for diplomatic reasons. 

According to the Pakistani foreign ministry there are currently 269 Pakistani and 396 Indian prisoners, most of whom are fishermen, in both countries' jails. 

Many see the mass arrests of fishermen as a symptom of a longstanding bitter rivalry between the two South Asian nations. 


Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Haziran 2015, 14:27